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Suicidal Thoughts

This page provides information about suicide, and where you can get advice and support.

Overview about suicide

  • Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life.
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings can affect anyone of any age, gender or background, at any time. 
  • Men over the age of 45 are at higher risk of suicide.
  • Overdosing (self-poisoning) is the most common method for attempted suicides, and hanging for completed suicides.
  • Talking to someone about suicide will not make it happen. Reaching out can save a life.
  • Always take someone seriously if they talk about taking their life. Provide a listening ear and help them to find support.

If you know someone in immediate danger of taking their life Call 999.

If the person is emotionally distressed and you are worried about their mental health. Call 111 option 2 - 24/7 NHS Crisis Support Line.

The video below shares insight and a message of hope to men who are struggling with suicidal feelings.

Free Suicide Awareness Training

20 minutes. That’s all it takes to go through the Zero Suicide Alliance’s free suicide awareness training for anyone over aged 16 and over. You can get started straight away at zerosuicidealliance.com/training 

Click the drop down boxes below for where to go for support 

I am feeling suicidal, where can I get help?

If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to:

  • Speak to someone you trust who can help you find support.

  • Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123 or walk in to your local Samaritans branch.

  • Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling

  • Drop-in to Steam House Cafe now available in Suffolk. A Steam cafe is a safe space and sanctuary in your town centre for anyone who needs mental health support, open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm. Find one located at: 22 Carr Street, Ipswich. Or The Malthouse, 8 Elseys Yard, Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

  • Call the NHS Mental Health Crisis Support Line. Call 111 and press option 2. This is a 24/7 helpline for anyone of any age. 

  • Make an urgent appointment to see your GP. To find a GP visit NHS website
    Your GP will refer you to access Adult Mental Health Support Services. You can find details of the NHS Mental Health Support Services on the Nofolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust Website.

You can speak to someone anonymously through these charity helplines:

Campaign Against Living Miserably (C.A.L.M)
: A male suicide prevention charity for men and boys.

Papyrus: National charity for anyone at risk of suicide or who are worried about a  person.

YANA: Confidential support for those in the farming community. You can talk to someone at YANA Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

For further support see our list of organisations and support services

My child/young person is saying they want to die

Please go to our 'Suicidal feelings in Children and Young People' advice page for how to respond to a child or young person who says they want to kill themself.

if you are a parent/carer who lives in Lowestoft and Waveney you can find support from the Just One Norfolk Website.

I am a young person and I am feeling overwhelmed

How to find support:

  • Find someone you trust who you can talk to about how you are feeling.

  • Speak to a GP

  • If you are at breaking point and need urgent mental health support contact the NHS Mental Health Crisis Line. Call 111 and press option 2. This is a 24/7 helpline for anyone of any age.

  • Or contact YoungMinds Crisis Text Messenger Service for urgent support. Text YM on 85258. 
How to talk to someone you are worried about

Talking about suicide will not make it happen!

Talking about it lets the person know that there’s someone they can talk to about how they feel.

Things to say to help start the conversation:

1.       Start by asking “Are you OK?”. Ask twice as they may say they are fine,

          when they are not.  

2.       Avoid using dismissive phrases like "it will be ok!”

3.       Empathise and listen without judging.

4.       Ask them if they are having suicidal thoughts - “Are you thinking about hurting
          yourself or ending your life?”

5.       Reassure them that desperate feelings are common and can be overcome.

6.       Encourage them to tell someone. Offer to help them find support - like go with                them to see their GP, drop-in to a crisis cafe, or call a helpline for advice.

7.       Tell someone - even if they told you not to. Tell the person that...“It’s positive you
          have taken this step in telling me. I need to tell someone that I trust so that we
          can get you some help and support.” 

Support for families bereaved by suicide

Losing someone to suicide

For free confidential support contact:

Suffolk and Northeast Essex Bereaved by Suicide Service Call 01473 322683

Norfolk and Waveney Mind Charity - Call 0300 330 5488

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